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Monday, 2 February 2015 - 15:28 WIB

Papua Legislative Council Asks Military Police to Investigate Bullet Trade Syndicate

Bullets are referred as evidence by the police (Special Source)

Bullets are referred as evidence by the police (Special Source)

Bullets are referred as evidence by the police (Special Source)

Bullets are referred as evidence by the police (Special Source)

Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Legislative Council urged the Cenderawasih Regional Military Command and Papua Police to conduct a thorough investigation following the arrest of three civilians and soldiers who allegedly supplied bullets to suspected armed rebels.

A member of Papua Legislative Council’s Commission I, Syamsunar Rasyid said the Regional Military Commander must conduct a thorough investigation on his members who might be involved in the bullet trading syndicate.
“Bullets are the tools of State. It was provided not for sale. The Commander must investigate who’s behind this and how many people were involved,” Syamsunar said on Friday (30/1).

According to him, the bullet trading might not possible involved one or two persons. It must be involved a group of syndicate. He said Papua would never been a Peaceful Lance, if the transaction of bullets and firearms was still existed.
“How it could be accomplished if those who supposed to guard the security and unity of the Republic of Indonesia were doing such transaction. The Papua Police also needs to continue developing this case. Who were involved, both military and civilians. It is not a small case, but it’s connected with the security of the country,” he said.

A day earlier, the Cenderawasih Regional Military Commander, the Major General Fransen Siahaan said the military is still investigating the source of those bullets and it assumed the involvement of its members.
“The bullets in the military warehouse are intact. Nothing is missing. The standard of procedure is correct. So, where are those coming from? Is that purely for business or there is another thing? There are five soldiers who’ve been questioned right now. But the number might be improved,” said the Commander at that time without telling the soldiers’ names. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

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